Do you know where to go for health treatment and advice this bank holiday weekend?
There are a number of different options available in Greenwich if local people are taken ill or injured:
- Visit a pharmacy – Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy where you can seek help having to make an appointment. Your pharmacist can offer advice on how to look after yourself at home with rest and over-the-counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies open in Greenwich on Monday 7 May. A full list is available here.
- GP: Ring your GP to make an appointment. Not registered? Visit the NHS Choices website to find a GP near you.
- Evenings and weekends: GP evening and weekend appointments are available Monday to Friday 4pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 8pm. You can book through your normal GP practice or by calling NHS 111. This service is provided out of Thamesmead and Eltham from GP access hubs. You can easily reach these hubs through public transport.
- Not sure where to go? If you're unsure where to go or if you need medical help fast, but your condition is not life threatening, call the free NHS 111 number. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a trained advisor will offer you advice over the phone. If you need to be seen, they will be able to direct you to the best service to receive care. An online NHS 111 service is also available at https://111.nhs.uk/. You will answer questions about your symptoms and find out what to do next, including what NHS service you might need and how urgently.
- Call 999 – If there is a medical emergency or if someone you know has a life-threatening illness or injury, call 999 or visit A&E. Please remember that A&E should only be used for the most serious injuries or health conditions.
Dr Ellen Wright, a local GP and chair of NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
"Knowing the different options available this weekend for NHS support means that everyone can continue to receive the care and treatment they need, when they need it.
"If you need advice, calling NHS 111, visiting your local pharmacy or making an appointment with a GP at one of the Greenwich evening and weekend GP access hubs may mean that you are able to access treatment quickly and in a more appropriate setting than visiting A&E.
"Choosing the right service also ensures that you receive the treatment you need in the right place at the right time – allowing our emergency services to focus on those who really need them."
For more advice to help you and your family stay well, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell